Accessing funding support for broadband

There are a number of Government funded voucher schemes available for businesses and residents interested in improving their current broadband speeds.

Funding Schemes available for those that are not due to be covered in the superfast rollout or commercial plans include:

  • Gigabit vouchers  – primarily for businesses but can include residential premises alongside businesses in a group project
  • Rural Gigabit vouchers (new) – for groups of businesses and residential premises in rural areas (ie not cities or towns)
  • Basic Broadband vouchers – for any premises unable to access broadband speeds of over 2Mbps where a gigabit voucher is not available or viable

Urban and rural communities have successfully improved full fibre broadband connectivity in their area by combining their vouchers to develop group projects with their chosen broadband suppliers.

The simplest way to create a group project is to approach a registered national or local broadband supplier from the list on the Government website, to discuss your need for a faster broadband service, and how many households and businesses could be covered.

There is also a government guidance for group-led broadband schemes at www.gov.uk/government/publications/community-led-broadband-schemes/guidance#before-you-start-forming-a-community-group-and-deciding-on-the-best-solution 

Below is a table comparing the various schemes.

Find out how to access subsidised funding support from national government BDUK schemes to improve your broadband connection:

Better Broadband Subsidy SchemeGigabit Broadband Voucher SchemeRural Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme